the wandering chick
...Texas Hill Country
Everyone who's been to the Texas Hill Country raves about it. I was there in winter, well...a South Texas winter...and found it charming.
The small city of Kerrville sits in the heart of Hill Country, among the rugged hills and the rolling vistas. It's a good starting point for anyone visiting the area.
The surrounding shots were taken on Route 165 between Kerrville and Medina. The Medina River twists and winds, just as the road does, on this particular scenic route of the Texas Hill Country.
These Texas longhorns, even on a January day, were seeking shade. Taken off Route 337 between Medina and Vanderpool.
Route 337 between Medina and Vanderpool.
As the hills get higher on Route 337 toward Vanderpool, you get a nice panoramic view of the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
The hill country is a popular biking area for bike enthusiasts.
Not that they were jumping with excitement, but these burros kinda enlivened an otherwise desolate road near Vanderpool on Route 337.
A calming river meanders through Leaky on Route 337.
Fields of gold on Highway 83 toward Leaky.
Lost Maples Cafe in Utopia offers friendly service, good food and the feeling that to eat there one should be wearing boots and a cowboy hat.
A couple of buildings on the main street of Utopia - one of those 'don't blink' towns, on Route 187.
Above: Near Pedernales Falls, south of Fredericksburg
Right: Taken on Route 348, off of Highway 83 between Leaky and Concan.
Concan Baptist Church on Highway 83.
At the entrance to Garner State Park.
Above and right: the Frio River near Concan.
An old abandoned barn and wnidmill have long outlived their use. Taken on Route 127 south of Concan.
It appears that someone stuck an old carcus skull on the shoulders of this steer, but I think perhaps an out-of-focus twig was inadvertantly centered just right as I snapped this picture.
Mistletoe trees are abundant throughout Texas Hill Country, these (left and right) taken on Route 127.
Dang! All I did was snap a couple of pictures!!
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The Guadalupe River meanders through Kerrville, and there seems always to be a cypress-lined walking/hiking trail around from which to enjoy it. The next few shots were taken near downtown at the Dallas Daughtry Memorial Pavilion.
One of Kerrville's prominent walking trails is on Tranquility Island. A major flood in 1932 curved a new path for the Guadalupe River, creating the island. Bridges have been built to create a wonderful place to enjoy an easy walk and see the abundant wildlife. Tranquility Island is part of the Louise Hays Park.
Be warned of the poison ivy vines that grow on the trees in the area. Poison ivy can be identified by its cluster of three leaves, as seen closeup in the photo to the right. Poison ivy is not always in the form of vines. It also grows as bushes in heavily wooded areas.
A blue heron watches silently for its next meal.
Spring brings lots of color to the highway and byways of the Texas Hill Country.
The yellow-crowned night heron is another coastal bird that feeds on the bottom of the Guadalupe River.
The Guadalupe River RV Resort has its own walking trail along the river, and it's filled with birds and squirrels.